What we offer at Talk Cancer
We have created a central resources hub for Health Professionals which hosts all of our CRUK resources and further materials to help with managing the pandemic. We are updating the information as guidance changes. There is also a page specifically for patients on our about cancer hub.
- understand the key messages around cancer awareness
- improve your confidence and ‘know how’ to make the most of your conversations about cancer and health
- encourage people to make healthy changes, use local services and see their doctor with any concerns
- Face-to-face workshops: for health and social care professionals and volunteers, led by our expert trainers at any UK location. We have a number of funded workshops available for eligible groups. You can check your groups’ eligibility here.
- Online course: a self-directed course with a more general introduction to cancer awareness suitable for anyone, whether your interest is personal or professional.
Due to coronavirus, our face-to-face workshops are not being held at present. You can still apply for a funded workshop to be scheduled when possible, or you can register to join one of our live online workshops.
Talk Cancer workshops are hands-on, lively and practical training sessions, led by expert trainers with years of experience talking to the public. Trainees often tell us they’re surprised by how positive the workshops are, and how inspired they feel when they realise the difference they can make. Our workshop content is always backed up by the latest evidence around cancer prevention, early diagnosis and screening.
What workshops are available?
|3 hours||10-20 people||
Talk Cancer: Pharmacy
|90 minute||10-50 people||Talk Cancer, tailored for pharmacy staff, plus:
Talk Cancer: Train the Presenter
|Full day||10-16 people||Concise version of Talk Cancer, plus:
Who is it for?
Anyone who can promote health and wellbeing as part of their role, including but not limited to those working in the following areas, at all levels:
|Occupational work||Mental health||Housing|
|Social care||Social work||Public health|
|Sexual health||Community health||Community volunteering|
What do our trainees think?
“I think when we were first told about the cancer training I thought "oh god, it's all going to be morbid and boring", but it was good fun to do and it was upbeat and made us aware that people are surviving more. That's why I would recommend people to go on it - it's changed my view from a negative outlook to a positive one."
We’re currently offering live online workshops. Our trainers will host the interactive session, suitable for anyone wanting to build their confidence and skills to have supportive conversations with others about reducing their risk of cancer, the importance of spotting cancer early and making healthy changes. These conversations have the power to save lives.
There are two ways to take part:
1. Group workshop
A two hour live online workshop for your group of up to 30 people. You can commission a workshop for your group at a cost of £300, or apply for a bursary funded one – just contact us at email@example.com to find out more.
We can also offer group workshops tailored for community pharmacy teams.
2. Individual sign-up workshop
These workshops are open for anyone to join. Register below for our next scheduled online workshop.
Talk Cancer individual sign-up workshop: Thurs 29th October 10:30am-12:30pm
Can’t make this time? Don’t worry - you can join the register of interest for any future online workshops and we’ll be in touch as they are scheduled.
How do the live online workshops work and what do they cover?
The workshop will be 2 hours long. In that time, we'll cover basic knowledge and conversational skills around:
- Cancer facts and myths
- Reducing cancer risk by taking action to make healthy changes
- Importance of early diagnosis and speaking to the GP about any unusual changes
- National cancer screening programmes
- Tackling barriers, fear and fatalism
- Attendees and trainers Q&A
This workshop does not cover diagnosing possible signs or symptoms of cancer or how to support someone affected by cancer. If you or someone close to you has been affected by cancer and you’ve got questions, you can call our nurses on freephone 0808 800 4040 or from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
We want to help as many people as possible to feel confident talking about cancer and health no matter where they are. Our free online course, Talking About Cancer: Reducing Risk, Early Detection and Mythbusting, is based on the principles of our face-to-face workshops, and takes a more basic, universal approach to the essentials of the topic.
What's the format?
You'll learn through videos, quizzes, articles, exercises, interactive discussion, and clips of role-played scenarios demonstrating conversational dos and don’ts.
Who is it for?
Anyone with an interest in talking about cancer, whether in a personal or professional context.
How does it work?
- You can join the course anytime you like, and do it at your own pace.
- You'll have access to the course for 5 weeks after you start.
- It takes around 3 hours, and works on mobile, tablet or desktop.
- It's hosted by social learning platform FutureLearn.
- The course is free of charge. You'll be given the option to 'upgrade' for a certificate valid for CPD and permanent access to the course for £42, but there's no obligation to purchase.
What do learners think?
“A course like this – that encourages people to be open about health issues and points the way to reliable resources – can save lives.”
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